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Quick Hit : The Tragically Hip – Road Apples

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The Tragically Hip were a band that caught my ear with their ‘Up To Here’ album. I devoured that one. So I anticipated Road Apples to see if they could follow it up. I wasn’t disappointed. I got what I wanted and more. They kick the album off with a great rocker ‘Little Bones’. These guys rock hard and have their own sound. Gord’s vocals are perfect and his lyrics conjure up vivid images.

TH are a tight band that changes things up. They can get into slower grooves. They write good songs backed by great music, Rock n roll Hip style. They’re good. Some real good rockers on this record. The reason I came back for more. It always helps to have a great lead singer who writes good words and has passion. The guitar attack is great and drums and bass lay down a real solid back bone.

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This album never gets old with me. All their work is solid and I could have featured anyone of their records but I chose ‘Road Apples because it had an impact and made me a forever fan. You knew they would keep pumping out quality music. A Canadian bar band that did good similar to their cousins The Band.

The Tragically Hip really do have their own sound and I dig it. Not a weak cut on this really good record.

38 comments on “Quick Hit : The Tragically Hip – Road Apples

  1. Vinyl Connection
    December 23, 2018

    Despite all the good press from blog-mates, I’m yet to listen to the TH. Must remedy that as a NY resolution!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 23, 2018

      Bruce. That’s the quickest hit CB has ever got. I usually post the take and hit the hay.
      Yeah I’ve been listening to the boys from close to the start. Good solid band with a truckload of integrity. Far away from that music that shall remain nameless ( initials PR and rhymes with frog talk) that we like . This might be a good place to start for your NY resolution.

      Send some of that sunshine our way it’s wet as hell up here. Later fella.

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  2. Jim S.
    December 23, 2018

    That guy Gord who passed away, geez, Canada acted like the guy was the King or something. Even the prime minister mentioned him. What’s up with that?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 23, 2018

      I guess people want to hang their hats on a feel good story. The media really got behind them ( even anti social/media CB heard it). Falda and her guy went to the farewell concert.
      What’s up with that politician thing? That’s what they all do. Jump on any band wagon they can (When we get together an uncensored CB will give you his political opinion. which is short). They all do it. I’m not an expert on TH. Bottom line again Doc is these guys rock hard, play good music and were the real thing. Out.

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  3. BuriedOnMars
    December 23, 2018

    Road Apples was the first Hip album I listened to start to finish. Slowly started to introduce more of their music into my life and now I’m a full on fan. But yeah, to Road Apples has that Canadian Bar band feel to it more than their other records. Still my fav.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 23, 2018

      I hate picking faves but I seem to grab this one the most. Mars, I think they deserve anything good that came their way. Again they earned it by gigging in every shit hole in Canada especially Ontario. I betcha they have some cool road stories from the beginning. Love this band. Gord’s words just leave so many vivid images. Later

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      • BuriedOnMars
        December 27, 2018

        I love picking favs! All must be ranked and ordered from worst to first! lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 27, 2018

        My gal has my behavior ranked pretty low today but I’m working on raising that as the day wears on.

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  4. Sarca
    December 23, 2018

    Hey CB. I love this album. My favourite song is Cordelia, followed by Three Pistols. It’s not my favourite TH album ( Fully Completely is) but it’s right up there. CYa

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 24, 2018

      All good choices Sarca. Can’t go wrong it’s like choosing an ice-cream flavor. All good. Later

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  5. christiansmusicmusings
    December 25, 2018

    First of all, The Tragically Hip is one fucking cool name. Sadly, it’s the only thing I had known about these guys. Based on sampling some of the tunes, this album sounds awesome – yet another band I need to add to my growing list of music artists to explore!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2018

      You are right about the “cool name’. It fits because they are a cool band. I like everything about these guys. If you give them some time I think they’ll grow on you.

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  6. J.
    February 5, 2019

    I only got into The Hip a couple of years back. Loads of blogging pals like them. Loads. I thought “aye, let’s see what it’s all about”… and aye, bloody terrific stuff.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 5, 2019

      I think most the folks you pay attention to have a pretty good taste in tunes. Tragically Hip are just a good solid rock band. High bar for what they put out.

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      • J.
        February 5, 2019

        Definitely, aye. And you’re right about the lyrics and vocals. He had something special.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 6, 2019

        Now you’re setting off my cravings. A big bag for the next movie night.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 6, 2019

        That response was for the M&M comment.

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      • J.
        February 6, 2019

        Even got myself a wee craving now!

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  7. The Grand
    March 13, 2020

    This is my favorite Canadian band – they rock hard and they’re original. I’m sorry I discovered them so late in the game, but the good part is that I still have more to explore. A few favorites – “Locked in the Trunk of a Car”, “Little Bones” and “At the Hundredth Meridian”.

    Have you heard “Gord Downie & The Country of Miracles – The Grand Bounce” from 2010? That one is also really good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 13, 2020

      The wonderful this about music is it’s never to late to discover new stuff. All those songs you mentioned make me want to listen to them. ‘New Orleans Is Sinking’ was the first Hip song I heard. Instant hooked.
      No I havent heard the one you noted. I know it’s waiting there for me to enjoy. Thanks for the nudge. Thanks for dropping by. I’ll head over and check out your station. Sounds like my type of place.

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  8. The Grand
    March 13, 2020

    I used to listen to several Canadian stations on SiriusXM when I had it (Iceberg was one). I was really surprised to hear how good a lot of the music was. At the same time, I was mystified why most of it is never played here in the States. I found bands like Sam Roberts, the Sheepdogs, the Arkells and Elliott Brood that way. There are lots more. None as great as the Hip, though. “New Orleans Is Sinking” was also the first Hip song I ever heard – an old buddy put it on a mix tape CD that he sent me. Wow!

    I get the sense that rock music in Canada is fading from the center of things much more slowly that it did in the USA. Maybe only a Canadian could say whether that’s true or not.

    The same thing happens with Australian music. A lot of it is great, but good luck hearing most of it…

    Thanks for checking out the station. I expect it’s probably too heavy on americana and folk rock for you, but I only started reading your blog this afternoon, so maybe I’m wrong. I try to cover a few different styles of music, but the Neil Young/Gram Parsons thing has been part of me since I was in my early teens.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2020

      I know a couple of those bands you mentioned. Sam Roberts I like. There are so many good ones under the stuff that gets commercial airplay. Couple of my favorites are 54/40, Fred Eaglesmith ( Neil Young/Parsons vibe), Sadies, Black Mountain, Art Bergman … just off top of my head.
      I’d be the wrong guy to ask about any scene. I quit listening to radio years ago. Always seemed to find good music from all over including Australia (Paul Kelly is a fave).
      I’ll tune into your show (what time?) and the station. I’m all over the musical map but heavy on Americana and certain so called folk rock. I think you’ll find lots of takes from those genres on the CB page. I think I’ve done a couple Gram takes. Great early influence for you at a young age. Good talking to you and catch ya later. CB PS The Hip are great.

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      • The Grand
        March 14, 2020

        Getting ready to go on live right now, be on until maybe 1 or 2 AM. I usually only do live shows on Friday nights.

        Here’s last week’s playlist – please delete if you want after checking it 🙂

        Wishbone Ash – Sometime World (6:52)
        Tommy Malone – Fat Tuesday (6:50)
        John Hiatt – Old People (4:30)
        James McMurtry & The Heartless Bastards – Choctaw Bingo (8:47)
        The James Gang – The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate To The Wind (7:02)
        The Alan Parsons Project – Breakdown (3:53)
        Procol Harum – Pandora’s Box (3:37)
        Bill Nelson – The Girl Who Disappeared Into A Cloud (3:13)
        Jimi Hendrix – New Rising Sun (8:28)
        Yes – Siberian Khatru (8:53)
        David Gilmour – On an Island (6:49)
        Traffic – Dear Mr. Fantasy (5:37)
        Jethro Tull – Hymn 43 (3:15)
        Joe Bonamassa – Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) (1:17)
        Giant Giant Sand – Wind Blown Waltz (3:21)
        Roxy Music – My Only Love (5:16)
        David Knopfler – When a Boy Becomes a Man (2:53)
        Dire Straits – How Long (3:49)
        Chris Rea – Texas (5:11)
        Pete Townshend – Save It For Later (4:58)
        The Kinks – Love Me Till the Sun Shines (BBC) (2:44)
        The Pretenders – Thin Line Between Love And Hate (3:41)
        World Party – The Ballad of the Little Man (5:03)
        Richard Thompson – Grey Walls (4:21)
        Midnight Oil – Hercules (4:30)
        Kings Of Leon – Back Down South (4:01)
        Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Riverman (5:41)
        The New Basement Tapes – Down on the Bottom (4:28)
        Mark Knopfler – Imelda (5:26)
        Ray Charles – Here We Go Again (3:18)
        U2 – One (4:36)
        Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Killing The Blues (4:15)
        John Hiatt – Perfectly Good Guitar (4:40)
        Gary US Bonds – This Little Girl (3:42)
        The Young Rascals – I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (2:43)
        Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony (2:55)
        Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Jenny Take a Ride (3:23)
        The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (3:24)
        Ian McLagan & The Bump Band – You’re My Girl (2:41)
        The Raconteurs – Shine The Light On Me (3:27)
        Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River (4:57)
        Boz Scaggs – Hard To Say (4:03)
        Chris Whitley – New Lost World (4:24)
        The Jayhawks – Settled Down Like Rain (3:00)
        Nils Lofgren – Miss You Ray (2:39)
        Bill Nelson – Beyond These Clouds The Sweetest Dream (3:39)
        Jethro Tull – Bouree (3:47)
        The Third Mind – Claudia Cardinale  (2:53)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2020

        Now that’s a playlist that I can dig. Lots I know and a few I dont. CB will be getting some new tunes. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ is like the best ever. Well one of them.
        Just put you on. The first two are setting the tone.

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      • The Grand
        March 14, 2020

        Did the Mavericks chase you away? 😀

        Thx for tuning in

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2020

        No I’m still tuned in. Just messing around trying to find the login box for your sets. I have a buddy that absolutely loves that version of Chicago. Not even the same band that went onto make millions.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2020

        Al good stuff. When was the last time I heard some one play Jukebox music? Never is when.

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  9. The Grand
    March 14, 2020

    In case you need it (I list it each time I post in the login box):

    https://live365.com/station/Roots-Rock-Radio-a70335

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2020

      Buckley is even more rare than the Kinks. ‘Move With Me’ what a great tune. Thanks for that.

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      • The Grand
        March 14, 2020

        Did you hear me thank you for the Buckley tune? I read about that album here and picked it up this afternoon. Really good!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2020

        The album is a killer. A certified CB fave. Yes I heard my name on the air waves. We all like to be noticed (sometimes). How do I leave comments on the tunes? I’m a bit Tech challenged at times. Not that I’m starving for music but you are spinning a very solid set.

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      • The Grand
        March 14, 2020

        If you want to send me an email, I’ll explain how to comment and you’ll see why I didn’t want to explain it here 🙂

        The station is small and it’s almost all musicians and kindred spirits like you who listen. I don’t really look for listeners, because it only costs more if I get too many people :d

        The comments during the show about the tunes are what really makes it fun.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2020

        Love to send an email except I cant find it unless its staring me in the face.

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  10. The Grand
    March 14, 2020

    Ah, the blog software hides it on both ends. Tell you what – I’ll say it on the air 🙂

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  11. The Grand
    March 14, 2020

    Got it – you can erase now if you want

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2020

      Great. Gotta run. The spins are really good. X has been popping up for me a lot lately. Drop an email. I’ll be back just like the cat. Great stuff.

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      • The Grand
        March 14, 2020

        Glad you liked the tunes. Thanks for listening! Have a great weekend

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  12. The Grand
    March 14, 2020

    Just emailed you – having trouble with my microphone tonight. It’s new.

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